Prepare for the Holidays with #FoodChat

The #AgChat & #FoodChat communities are certainly a fun collection of eclectic individuals. Whether its farming or food, we welcome everyone choosing to do things their own way. The discussions on Tuesday night are to increase understanding and extend our networks. That’s exactly what this week’s moderator for #FoodChat — Shaun Haney of RealAgriculture — has in mind as he showcases his individuality in a couple of ways.

  • He decided to buck convention by picking a topic — holiday baking — that many may wrongly assume is a topic best covered by women.
  • He created a blog post and video (below) to provide an intro to help create a buzz of excitement.
  • There is something about a man in a Santa hat and a Christmas apron that just sets them apart from the mundane. If that’s not enough, he puts on a little cologne in the video so he smells as good as the cookies he’s baking!
  • Be sure you join the crowd sending in questions to @FoodChat and getting ready to trade tips during a chat on holiday baking. Whether you bake old school, are all nouveau or simply enjoy eating baked goods during the holidays, you will enjoy the conversation!

    (PS — Shaun’s inspired others too… be sure to read the comments! If you do a video reply, please set the width to 375 for the embed code, that way it will fit easily in the column.)


    The AgChat Foundation (ACF) is excited to announce an afternoon hands-on training seminar in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 from 3 to 6 pm. Training is a major pillar of the Foundation and this unique opportunity provides an excellent opportunity for farmers attending AgConnect equipment show, American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting and the National Cotton Council’s Beltwide Cotton Conference a chance to spend a few hours focused on telling their farm’s story using social media.

    Register for AgChat Foundation Training Atlanta 2011 in Atlanta, United States  on Eventbrite

    Ray Prock, ACF secretary and a dairy farmer from California, says “The concept is to take advantage of the opportunity of having so many good agvocates gathered in one place, broaden the Foundation’s reach & further empower a small group of farmers to increase social media skills and knowledge.”

    Prock said the plan includes a three-hour hour hands-on session featuring ACF Board members and others in the AgChat community as trainers and presenters.

    “The training held in Chicago was an incredible success,” Prock says. “We saw farmers start blogs, create Facebook pages and do videos after that. We will be less intense in Atlanta however we think the focused few hours will provide a great base and with the support network participating in these other events, there will be a lot of opportunity to use and further develop these skills.” [Read more…]

    Incredible Buzz of #FoodThanks — A Look at the Numbers

    A visual of the FoodThanks Tweets from

    Pulling foodthanks and RT, these are the most prominent words in the foodthanks tweets

    The AgChat Foundation offers a heart-felt thanks to food lovers everywhere. Our social media campaign #FoodThanks was to help remind folks of the vast diversity and abundance of our food supply, and recognize the many folks that play an active daily role in bringing that food from the farmer growing it, to the plate sitting in front of you. The effort was an almost 100% an online campaign. The idea was discussed and then a few folks began sharing the idea, a simple website ( was created, and momentum built. [Read more…]

    Farmers Launch #FoodThanks Social Media Campaign For the Holidays


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    Farmers launch #foodthanks social media campaign this Thanksgiving

    AgChat Foundation’s website offers five simple tips for expressing gratitude on Twitter, Facebook and beyond

    November 22, 2010 – With harvest in the rear-view mirror, forward-looking farmers and others in agriculture have been busy cultivating a new social media campaign to help Americans publicly express their gratitude for their food this holiday season. Launched in time for Thanksgiving, provides simple steps that people can take to show their #foodthanks.

    “For many of us this time of the year, giving thanks for food on the table is a time-honored tradition,” says Jeff Fowle, president of the AgChat Foundation, a 100 percent volunteer organization that aims to empower farmers and ranchers to “agvocate” via social media platforms. “Our goal with the #foodthanks campaign is to provide tools and inspiration for spreading personal expressions of gratitude beyond the family table to that extended circle of friends and family in our social media networks.”

    A dedicated microsite offers visitors five simple tips for showing #foodthanks, from linking off to the site from their Facebook and LinkedIn pages, to adding #foodthanks avatars to their social media sites. [Read more…]

    Hundreds Coming Together To Offer #FoodThanks

    Twitter accounts who have used the #foodthanks hashtag already

    Thanks to John Blue of @TruffleMedia for making this mosaic

    It’s that time of year when people come together to give thanks. The AgChat Foundation would like to ask that people especially take time to offer up #foodthanks.  Launched for the holidays, provides some simple steps people can undertake to express their gratitude for those people who help provide the food we all enjoy.

    The website provides avatars for use on social media sites and a badge for use on blogs. And already we’ve seen additional creativity from the members of the AgChat community — personalization of avatars, a countdown of people and activities to be thankful for in tweets, photos from meals tweeted with the hashtag, sharing the story on Facebook, a twibbon you can add to a current avatar, video expressing the sentiments of an AgChat community member and we are just getting started!

    Please post the address of your blog, video or other contributions here so others can easily find you and make sure you tell others that Wednesday is our big day to offer our #foodthanks!